Monday, March 16, 2009

The Way We Eat

Mom is very, very concerned about the effects factory farming has on the environment, our health, and the well-being of the animals. Factory farming is the worst thing for everyone and she wants to spread the word that it is unnecessary.

The authors follow three families as they shop for groceries. Their food buying habits and choices are analyzed to determine why they shop where they do and why they eat what they do. Do they shop at Wal-Mart because the prices are low and they have very little to spend on food? Do they buy pre-packaged food for the convenience because they are too busy to cook from scratch? The decisions these typical American families make with their food purchases may not surprise you, but what may surprise you is that their decisions effect us all.

By visiting slaughterhouses, farms, food processing plants, etc., the authors try to trace the origins of the food these families purchased and ate. This is not an easy task because most of the time they are met with closed doors. The American public is truly in the dark when it comes to knowing where their food comes from and how it is processed. This is the way big companies and in some cases the government wants it to be. The old saying 'what you don't know can't hurt you' has never been a bigger lie than it is when talking about your food. You not only need to know where your food comes from, you have the right to know and only when you know can you make informed decisions.

The real truth is that your food choices do matter, but they don't just matter to you. If you are eating factory farmed food it is impacting me and vice versa. Please educate yourself on the food you are putting in your body by reading this book. Some of the material may be shocking to you, but this is the way it is. Start making good choices because if you don't, you are hurting yourself and everyone else in the process.


Henry the Dog said...

Mum's with your mum on that. She hates factory farming and always tries to buy 'happy meat' as she calls it. I think it's probably easier to do that in the EU where they are under certain obligations to say where the food is from. The labels on the meat she buys not only stipulates how it has been raised, but what it has been fed on too and sometimes it's age.

Stubby said...

Henry - Mom watched a documentary on HBO last night called "Death on a Factory Farm". I slept through it so all the info I have on it is from Mom, but what she told me about it upset me. Even though I eat animals, I do not like to see them treated bad. Mom couldn't sleep last night and she is still upset about it this morning.
You are lucky in the EU that the regulations are stricter because everyone has the right to know where their food comes from.